OLIVET, Mich. (WILX)-- Local teens involved in Olivet High School's chapter of Future Farmers of America launch their corn maze this October to help collect cans for local families in need. After more than a year of clearing fields, growing corn and mapping the map, FFA students have grown closer in developing camaraderie, and learned some life-changing leadership skills.
Doug Pennington, Olivet High School teacher and FFA coordinator, said, "One of the coolest things about FFA is there so many different ways the kids grow and get better. The number one way is self-confidence. Once you have success then you believe in yourself and when you believe in yourself and become more successful and that’s what the FFA does for so many of these kids."
The maze was mapped and plotted via drone by one of the FFA students. It is in the design of the FFA emblem, and students said it has a clear message.
Patricia Hebenstreit, Olivet H.S. junior and FFA chapter president, said, "With our world being so technologized, it’s very important that people get outside. A lot of people don’t really understand agriculture and where the food and everything comes from."
Blane Cords, Olivet H.S. freshman and FFA member, said, "It’s change my view knowing how a lot of people in cities still don’t know where their food comes from-- being able to help produce their food-- it has really help me really understand what the world needs and how farmers are the backbone of society."
The maze is one of five across the country designed by Culver’s and maze owners to recognize the importance of agriculture. Since the creation of the Thank You Farmers® Project in 2013, Culver’s has donated nearly $2 million to advancing agricultural education and helping guests understand why it’s so important to support those who provide food for our growing population.
Learn more about this year’s mazes and the Thank You Farmers Project at:
Admission to the maze is:
· Ages 13 & up: $7
· Ages 5–12: $5
· Ages 4 & under: free
**** discount if you bring canned goods for the local food pantry.
WHEN: October 6–October 28
· Saturday: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
· Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: 255 First St. Olivet, MI 49076